Wednesday, September 2, 2020

#IWSG: Dickens vs Rowling


Another month has passed since my last posting! It's the first Wednesday of the month and so it's Insecure Writers Support Group day. If you'd like to join, go HERE

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting and to this month's co-hosts: The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, J Lenni Dorner, Deniz Bevan, Kim Lajevardi, Natalie Aguirre, and Louise - Fundy Blue!

This month's optional question is: If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

I'm going to choose two, for different reasons: 

Living, I would choose J.K. Rowling. Her world-building skills in the Harry Potter books made me, as an adult, want to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I wanted my Hogwarts letter to come via owl inviting me to attend. I wanted a wand. I wanted all sorts of magical things. I want to world-build like Rowling. 

Dead, I would choose Charles Dickens. His grasp on social issues in the Victorian era was remarkable. Take a look at A Christmas Carol: "Marley was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the undertaker, and the chief mourner...Old Marley was as dead as a doornail." And, A Tale of Two Cities--"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..." His mastery of the opening line and his ability to get his point across through his stories is unparalleled. He knows how to use his words. I want to learn how to use my words like Charles Dickens. 

What about you?

Who would you choose as a beta 
partner and why? 



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

#IWSG: Always Cozy

Geez, it's August already? I'm shaking my head over how fast time is flying in 2020. When I think back I'm going to wonder if it really ever even happened.

ALSO, it's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group meet-up. If you'd like to join, go HERE

Thanks to our host Alex Cavanaugh, and the awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG:  Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!

This month's optional question is:

Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

Almost from the very beginning, before I even knew what I was writing, before I knew enough to pick a genre, I wrote cozy mysteries. I've tried writing other genres but it doesn't turn out well. I'm a fixer. I spend my life trying to make sure everyone is okay and trying to make things right. 

So to write worlds where my characters are in extreme danger, and to make bad things happen to them, or to kill them off (when blood is no doubt involved *shivers*) goes so hard against the grain that...I can't do it. 

Nope, nope, nope. 

My books feature ghosts, so the victims are already dead.I don't have to kill them. 
See how I got around that whole violence thing? LOL. 

What about you? 
Do you swap genres?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


And I'm AWOL!
Sorry I have to miss it. 
If you'd like to sign up, go HERE.

Stay safe and I'll see you next month!

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